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Thames MotorBoaters Association

by admin on May 4, 2011

Launched a new user group today – the Thames MotorBoaters Association or TMBA for short. Read all about it and join up at

The Need for Lock Keepers

by admin on April 18, 2011

User operation of locks The advent of Out of Hours Power (OHP) at locks has made it easier for river users to transit locks when lock keepers are not available.¬†Until recently, this was mainly before and after the working day. (…)

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Happy New Year

by admin on January 5, 2011

I trust you all find 2011 meets your aspirations and that we all enjoy good cruising on the river or wherever you may be. The last knockings of 2010 brought a prolonged spell of severe cold weather with snow and (…)

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No more new Brooms ?

by admin on September 4, 2010

Long established boatbuilders C J Broom have shut down their boat manufacturing side and laid off 70 or so employees. Full story here:

Deep in Doo-Doo ?

by admin on August 26, 2010

Apparently the EA pump out stations at Boveney and Shiplake are both out of action. With several hundred boats converging on Beale Park for the IWA Festival this ¬†weekend one wonders where all that poo is going to finish up (…)

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Why shouldn’t Narrowboats use the Thames?

by admin on August 16, 2010

Isn’t it time we got over this NB-phobia thing and moved on? They are just people like us who enjoy being on the water but in a different type of boat. Yes, NB’s may be more suited to the canals but that doesn’t mean they can’t (or shouldn’t) be used on the Thames. We could argue that many of the cruisers on the river are more suited to being on the sea – particularly those that create significant wash even at low speed. Many NB’s visiting the Thames for the first time need to adjust their thinking and relearn some procedures but that doesn’t mean they are some sort of alien beings.

EA Improvements

by admin on August 12, 2010

Message from the Environment Agency about river works planned: This email is to let you know about some of the repairs and improvements we’ll be carrying out to our River Thames navigation structures in the coming months.

Had a problem on the Thames? Let us know.

by admin on August 9, 2010

Just added a ‘Report an Incident‘ form to this site so you can inform us of any problems you encounter which affect your enjoyment of the non tidal Thames. Might even pass the info on to the EA if appropriate!

Rafting Up when busy

by admin on August 9, 2010

In an earlier post – A message to Narrowboaters – I discussed the shortage of moorings and the need for boats to moor alongside each other. I posted the same message on a Narrowboat Forum and received some encouraging comments (…)

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Speed Limit

by admin on August 9, 2010

The speed limit on the non tidal Thames is 8 kilometers per hour – 5 miles per hour – 4.3 nautical miles per hour. This is, nominally, supposed to be speed over the ground rather than through the water which (…)

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